This major is a program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of veterinarians, laboratory animal specialists, and zoological professionals, to provide patient management, care, and clinical procedures assistance as well as owner communication.
Includes instruction in animal nursing care, animal health and nutrition, animal handling, clinical pathology, radiology, anesthesiology, dental prophylaxis, surgical assisting, clinical laboratory procedures, office administration skills, patient and owner management, and applicable standards and regulations.
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What can you do with a major/degree in Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Major?
As a Veterinary Technician/Assistant your responsibilities may include feed, water, and examine pets and other nonfarm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Clean and disinfect cages and work areas and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. As well, you may provide routine postoperative care, administer medication orally or topically, or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists, veterinarians, or scientists.
A high school diploma or equivalent is generally the minimum educational requirement to enter this career area. Veterinary technicians/assistants also need on-the-job training.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Major
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- American Animal Hospital Association
- American Veterinary Medical Association
- National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America
Publications/Magazines in Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant